17.1952, Qs: Passive Constructions; Meaning of 'Bobonkt'

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Subject: 17.1952, Qs: Passive Constructions; Meaning of 'Bobonkt'

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1)
Date: 02-Jul-2006
From: Xiaoyan Zhou < lovelyrock06 at hotmail.com >
Subject: Passive Constructions 

2)
Date: 02-Jul-2006
From: Carlota Smith < carlotasmith at mail.utexas.edu >
Subject: Meaning of 'Bobonkt' 

	
-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2006 11:07:57
From: Xiaoyan Zhou < lovelyrock06 at hotmail.com >
Subject: Passive Constructions 
 

Dear collegues,

I am working on my doctoral dissertation which concerns passive
constructions in different languages (such as Russian, Swahili, Japanese). 

Except for Chinese, English and French, native speakers of other languages
are cordially invited to read the following words and give appropriate answers.

For details, please go to 
http://www.poplarenglish.com/

Thanks in advance!

Best,

Colleen Xiaoyan Zhou 

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax



	
-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2006 11:09:11
From: Carlota Smith < carlotasmith at mail.utexas.edu >
Subject: Meaning of 'Bobonkt' 

	

Hi:

I am trying to find the meaning of a word used in the American West during the
civil was period: the word is bobonkt.  It appeared in the following sentence in
a personal diary from 1863:

I went to get some bobonkt

so it's apparently a mass noun.  I have looked in dictionaries that I found in
the library, including the OED, and on Google, without success.

I'd appreciate any suggestions as to the word's meaning, and of where to look
for the word.

Thank you
Carlota Smith
  --

Carlota S. Smith
Centennial Professor of Linguistics
Dept of Linguistics
University of Texas
Austin, Tx 78712-1196 

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


 



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